SC: 5,133 vacant posts in subordinate judiciary unacceptable

Prime News, National, New Delhi, October 23:- Taking note of 5,133 posts lying vacant in the subordinate judiciary across the country, the Supreme Court on Monday said that the existence of these vacancies is “wholly unacceptable.” A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul took suo motu cognizance of the filling up of the vacancies in lower courts and sought information from high courts and the state governments.

Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi
Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul

The top court also noted there is a total number of 22,036 posts in the subordinate judiciary and out of these, 5,133 posts were lying vacant. “22,036 constitute the total workforce of the District and Subordinate Judiciary in the country,” the bench said.

The bench, while pursuing the information collected by the Registry of the Supreme Court, Registries of different High Courts, said that it indicates that recruitment process to fill up 4,180 posts is underway, and the recruitment processes are poised at different stages in different states.

“The existence of vacancies to the extent indicated is wholly unacceptable. The Registry of this Court is, therefore, directed to register a suo motu writ petition,” the bench said. The bench directed the high courts and all the state governments to submit information of dates on which the recruitment process for the two posts – higher judicial service and lower judicial service – was initiated and when are they expected to be completed and when will be the appointments made. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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